Giulia Restaurant

Giulia Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 6174412800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Pagliarini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Giulia Restaurant
Giulia is a chef-owned Italian restaurant located between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge. This is the first restaurant of award-winning Chef Michael Pagliarini. Our focus is on inspired food and great service with true Italian vigor. We put a particular focus on our hand-crafted pastas, made each day on our custom-built chef"s table adjacent to the open kitchen.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Giulia Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (133)neighborhood gem (106)special occasion (92)romantic (58)notable wine list (44)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (19)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • food not as good as our last visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We raved about the food on our last visit & could not wait to return. However, things changed. Our appetizers of brussels sprouts were burnt & sitting in a puddle of oil. The eggplant was prepared similar with the same faults. My pasta with bluefish had the skin left on it, on top of the overcooked pasta with a very uninspired tomato sauce. The other dish we ordered was a pesto with wholewheat pasta. Again, they really over did the amount of very oily pesto sauce. I don't think the pasta was really wholewheat? What happened here? Maybe an off night? The food was so outstanding last time.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great pasta dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    With appetizers, desserts, beer, (no bottles of wine here) etc., price adds up quickly. However, the food is very good and the experience was a good one. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    OMG the "5" course tasting menu was phenomenal and more like 11 small courses!! BRAVO to all the kitchen staff and servers
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Fresh made pasta and creative preparation, Giulia is a really great spot! The service was spot on and the wine options were delicious. My only complaint is that the lights were a bit bright. My husband and I went in for a special occasion and it felt like the overhead light was a spotlight above him. If the lights were a bit dimmer, it would have felt much more romantic.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bobby
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Really creating delicious, non fuss food. Everyone aims to please and the menu,especially the pastas, are hearty yet refined. Worth a short trip into Cambridge for a slightly different take on Italian food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have been to Guilia's several times and it b=never disappoints! There are some tried and true items on the menu...tagliatelle with wild boar and the arugula and prosciutto salad...and always something different to try. No matter what you choose, you can't go wrong! It's a great vibe, amazing food and great service...the recipe for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice apps
    arch
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lovely appetizers, main dishes good too but next time I'm going to try more apps.
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  • Always Amazing
    Kate
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My second trip did NOT disappoint. The staff remembered me, the food was better than I remembered, the wine was again, spectacular. There is a reason this is my favorite restaurant in Boston. It just screams GENERAL EXCELLENCE. Everything from the anchovies to the tuna crudo to the casarecce and bucatini to the gelato, you really have one of the most satisfying meals in one of the most intimate and beautiful restaurants. Will go back again and again (and again)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • terrible service
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I gave you 5 stars because i know how hard it is to own and operate a restaurant. In reality, one of the worst dining experiences. 55 minutes for our apps. No acknowledgement or an apology. After apps arrived in 55 minutes, another hour for main course. Terrible. We ordered your most expensive wine on your list, ordered 3 apps, 3 pastas and 2 entrees. When I have guests like this, I always check to make sure this type of guest is taken care of because these are the type of customers you want to come back to your restaurant because they help your revenue stream and are good tippers. Even though the service was horrendous, I still tipped $80 dollars. I will not be returning to your place or recommend it. terrible terrible service.
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  • Outstanding dining!
    SusanA
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I celebrated my birthday with my family on a recent Saturday night. The food was outstanding and the meal was leisurely but well-paced. I had the warm semolina cakes with crispy pancetta, the pasta with bluefish (absolutely outstanding) and the pistachio gelato. Giulia is a perfect spot for any special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    dinner was fabulous, service excellent and very welcoming staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    xxxx
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    each time I come back I am so impressed with everything about this restaurant - food, staff, ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't be better!
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have had nothing but excellent dinners at Giulia. Michael and his staff are creative chefs, the wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly as well as efficient.The greeters are always ready to welcome you. Terry makes a fabulous Negroni. My most serious problem there is deciding what to order--the amazing pastas, perhaps a dinner of all apps, wonderful entrees. And I always have a dessert--affogatto, pistachio gelato, chocolate terrine... I live two hours away, but when I am in Cambridge, this is where I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything here is fabulous!
    MLaurieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everyone and everything was fabulous -- from the host to the bar tenders to the servers to the food and wine. My new favorite place in Greater Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Restaurant... Great Chow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Why can't all restaurants be this good? The atmosphere is fine, simple, very casual. The tables are a little too small... and too close together for real comfort but you're willing to pay the price for such exciting chow. Some dishes took a little more time than you'd expect, but no matter as they were all served perfectly hot, right from the kitchen. Becomes a bit pricey as you can't resist the amazing food. Pastas are fantastic. Also loved the scallops. But don't go without ordering every vegetable dish that you can... the vegetables are absolutely stunning. Kudos to the chef, his kitchen team as well as the front of the house staff. A collaboration of excellence. Very exciting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • utterly fabulous
    winegeekVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been several times before, but this time we took friends and they were mightily impressed also. As a result of it being their first time, we overindulged, to say the least. The semolina cakes are to die for, as were the tiny clams "in brodetto". Really like the burrata and beets. Great (huge) veal chop special. The desserts were good, too. Their wine list still leaves us wanting. Their average price is about 2.25 time retail, and higher, and the quality doesn't match the food. Still, we'll undoubtedly be back.
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  • Fabulous Modern Italian food
    mkmw
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Giulia is an amazing addition to an already great dining neighborhood. Their modern take on classic Italian flavors, ingredients, and techniques is consistently impressive and delicious! The menu is designed to work equally well for sharing or not. Sharing is recommended, of course, so one can experience as many of the vibrant flavors as possible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A memorable meal
    KJM1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This restaurant lived up to its billing--wonderful Italian food, highlighted by fresh house-made pastas. The service was friendly but not overbearing; the dining room was warm and inviting and had the feel of a nice neighborhood destination. The popular dishes--semolina cakes, pappardelle with wild boar--delivered as promised, and the oysters were terrific. Only quibble was the tight spacing of the tables in the front room, but that didn't keep us from having a very enjoyable meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the best
    FoodieFav
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Cannot stop thinking about our lovely dining experience @ Giulia. The entire evening was perfection and the food exceeded our expectations. Fabulous service and atmosphere as well. The lights could have been a bit dimmer but that is a minor detail. Loved!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a great meal at Giulia. The sfizzi at the outset of the meal was a treat. My anchovy bites were prepared perfectly. My wife and I share the salumi plate to begin. Often this is an overpriced tasting of scant offerings...not so at Giulia where we received generous portions of salumis. My wife had the papardelle and I the orrechiette, both of which were excellent. Service was prompt, knowledgeable and professional. I wish we had ordered the chef's tasting menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    DuckConfit
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Delicious homemade pastas, farm fresh vegetables, interesting combinations of ingredients (raw tuna, grilled celery, grapefruit), plus impeccable service (spot on wine pairings, splitting dishes that we said we were sharing, surprise birthday wishes, and great pacing before/between dishes)...our meal was spot on! Thank you Giulia!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in Giulia!
    MartaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was our first time in Giulia and it was definitely a great discovery. The food is very good, all very fresh and cooked well. The service was attentive, and, even though we had to wait a bit for our entrees, the rest of the evening was almost perfect. I now understand why the reviews are so good and I have to agree with the rest ... even though this might make it more difficult to find a table next time around!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Johnymac
    JohnymacVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    What a delight! Guiulia is a marvelous blend of your neighborhood favorite and a serious food destination. The ambiance is relaxed yet people do seem to dress up to their better than normal standard. The food is exceptional but served by a friendly as well as knowledgeable staff. Questions are welcomed, unknowns are explained, and you leave feeling you will be welcomed back! Of special note is the house made pasta; it is bellissimo! This is a place of many returns.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This and that
    Louis
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was excellent, particularly the semolina cake Sfizzi. However, the ambience in the space lacks an idea of how the restaurant wants guests to experience the evening, apart from the overly complex menu and all brown and dark interior dining space. Clearly the owners are invested in the cooking and creation of delicious food, and they succeed. A solution to the ambience does not need to be expensive - just thoughtful. Add some light neutral paint somewhere, or table cloths, get better lighting, lose the brown painted acoustic tile ceiling, and add a small amount of color or sparkle.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect from Start to Finish
    alicelittle
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Everything was perfect, from start to finish: host, bartenders, service, food. I recommend the crostini del giorno, which was a chicken liver pate, semolina cakes, burrata and tuna crudo, which was bright and clean--not overly sauced like many crudos I have had. For dinner, we enjoyed the fussili and sweetbread ravioli. I could eat the gorgeous fusili--such a simple but delicious dish--every day. Don't skip dessert and make sure you have a signature cocktail and wine. The sangiovese/cab that I had--the cheapest glass on the menu--was superb! Even with so many wonderful restaurants nearby, I will be sure to make Giulia a regular stop!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding Food!
    TeachVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We followed our waiter's recommendations and we were not disappointed. The semolina cakes were rich and delicious. The scorpion fish "cacciucco" is much like a cioppino and was full of fennel flavor and lovely. The pappardelle with wild boar was so perfectly prepared and scrumptious that I would happily return for that alone, but I look forward to trying other things on the menu. This is my favorite kind of restaurant - a place where the food is flawless and the service is personable, not snooty or pretentious. Just a fantastic neighborhood find!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Perfect steak
    HungryPanda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dinner for 4 at 10 PM. We had snacked before showing up but we couldn't stop eating! All four dishes were amazing but the steak was the definite winner. Perfect medium-rare and the salsa verde with a grilled lemon made this one of the most amazing steaks I've ever tried. Our server Justine was stellar. He had great recommendations and tolerated our bad jokes. I can't wait to go back and try the tasting menu! Cheers Giulia!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • jasta
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    great service, food preparation was carefully done and the presentation appealed to the eye; the semolina cakes are a must for everyone to try as is the fusili with asparagus; the day boat scallops was a winning dish, both light and having depth with great flavor; the bass was too strong-flavored (read fishy) for me; alas, too full for dessert.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy food, atmosphere and staff
    DinerLDCH
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had a delicious and memorable dinner here. The staff are lovely and helpful and accommodating of our infant son, who we brought with us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This place is absolutely amazing. I've now been here 4 times, and have ordered a different pasta (pappardelle, bucatini, casarecce, and orecchiette) each time. All outstanding. This restaurant is a must try.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • ConcordFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I love everything about this place! The hostess is amazing, the service is flawless, great drinks and even better food. If I lived closer I would cozy up to the bar once a week for a bowl of pasta. If you love Italian food (I'm not talking chicken parm here) then hurry to Giulia and discover this Cambridge gem. Don't skip the semolina cakes with crisp prosciutto or the duck heart spiedini. I had an eggplant ravioli that I dream about but the menu now has a veal and sweet bread ravioli on it. Needless to say, I will be making a reservation to get try that dish STAT!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Giulia
    Giulia
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Really good food…a very welcoming atmosphere…great wine…a nice Cambridgey feel
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything was perfect from antipasti to dessert. The service was terrific and the food was amazing.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A wonderful stroll down Via Giulia
    cmb3497
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I came here recently with my girlfriend for our anniversary, and we were absolutely blown away by our experience. The menu was a bit overwhelming, but our server did an excellent job of explaining everything, giving us recommendations, and taking care not to be overbearing and pushy. We opted for the chef's tasting menu, colorfully titled 'Via Giulia", and could not have been happier. Our waiter asked us if we had any food allergies or aversions (luckily we did not) and if we were "adventurous eaters", and with those parameters in place we were on our way to one of the best meals we have ever eaten. I won't go into what we were served (the surprise is the best part!), but it was incredible. Highly recommend Giulia, five well-deserved stars.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • We'll be back
    ConstantCraving
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food was excellent, the wine list was extensive, the staff was welcoming and attentive, and the ambiance was cozy and vibrant. We will certainly return to Guilia's. After looking at the wine list I wasn't sure what wine to choose, so our waitress brought me a mini tasting glass full of one she recommended, and it was just right. My husband and I both ordered pasta dishes, and mine was perfectly cooked and mixed with asparagus and spring onions. I started with a wilted greens and sweet apple concoction, which was excellent. We shared a seasonal dessert with rhubarb sorbet, fresh strawberries and a cornmeal/olive oil cake. As our waitress said, "it's summer in a bowl." A GREAT way to start off our summer.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Highest ranking!
    EmteeareVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Giulia is clearly one of the top five restaurants in Greater Boston, and would rank equally superior in Manhattan. Exceptionally fine cuisine, beautifully prepared, plated and served, all with no attitude. Not to be missed!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous chef & front staff!
    neighbor
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The more praise, the harder to get a reservation! love being able to find a table at the last moment!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in Cambridge/Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food is outstanding. I have dined there four times and each has represented some of the best meals I've had in this city.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Peony
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Every morsel was exquisite from the bread and olive oil to the warm, perfect crostiini, and the delectable entrees (we had the chitarra and spanish mackerel and the halibut on mushroom risotto with fresh peas). Happy to savor the flavors and experience of dinner over our last sips of wine, we weren't interested in dessert, but in the end indulged in coffee and cherry almond biscotti. Again, we were fainting with happiness. I have never tasted biscotti like this - somehow chewy and crispy at the same time with the most delicate flavor, a dusting of powdered sugar I think, bursts of cherry, and a mint leaf garnish. I'll just say something really stupid: "Oh my god." If I could eat out only once a year I'd choose this restaurant every year.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italofilo
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Good-quality food, but limited menu. Couldn't figure out if this is meant to be an authentic Roman restaurant, because it doesn't quite fit what I encountered during a two-year stay in Rome. Good wine. Excellent service. I think I need to give it another try.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.